Violence erupted during the victim’s funeral at Fateh Kadal. Security forces used tear gas to contain the crowds at the procession. Separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik were not allowed to attend the funeral and were detained in their houses or at local police stations.Parties condemnThe separatists’ call for a shutdown following the incident hit life in the Valley on Saturday. The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a separatist forum, had issued the call. .“What is worse is that after mowing down [Qaiser] Bhat, a case for ‘rash driving’ was registered. Curfew and severe restrictions, snapping Internet connection, barricading roads and alleys in the holy month of Ramzan were causing grave inconvenience to people,” said a JRL spokesman.Omar Abdullah, National Conference leader, expressed anguish over the incident.“Ceasefire means no guns, so use jeeps. Earlier they tied people to the fronts of jeeps and paraded them around villages to deter protesters. Now they just drive their jeeps right over protesters. Is this your new SoP (standard operating procedure) Mehbooba Mufti sahiba,” he said. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Monga termed the incident “a violation of SoP by the CRPF. One of the two protesters, who were hit by a CRPF vehicle during clashes after Friday prayers outside Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid, succumbed to injuries in hospital later at night.Police sources said two cases under Sections 307,148,149,152,336,427 of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) and under Section 279 (rash driving), 337 of the RPC were registered in connection with the mob violence and the vehicle accident.Qaiser Bhat, 21, from Srinagar’s Fateh Kadal, became the first civilian casualty since the Centre announced ‘cease-ops’ during Ramzan 18 days ago. He was run over by a CRPF vehicle, which was negotiating its way through stone-throwing protesters, outside the mosque. Bhat was brought to the SKIMS hospital after suffering “serious chest injury and multiple fractures” and died at night, hospital authorities said. His death has set off a fresh wave of protests.‘Mob attacked officers’CRPF spokesman Sanjay Sharma said the crowd tried to open the back door of the vehicle on patrol. “The second-in-command of 28 CRPF Battalion was taking stock of the security deployment [when it was attacked]. The mob tried to take the officer and his escort out of the vehicle. Youth climbed over the vehicle and started smashing it with stones. The driver managed to take the vehicle out of crowd,” he said.CRPF vehicle was on a different missionThe death of a protester after being hit by a CRPF vehicle outside the Jamia Masjid here took place even as the police had decided to keep away from the mosque to ensure a “peaceful congregation” and “avoid confrontation after previous Friday’s deadly clashes left over 50 injured”, sources said.The CRPF vehicle, not part of the area domination exercise, was heading for a different assignment when it was caught amid protesters, sources said.Also Read Seven injured in Srinagar grenade attacks
New Delhi: India on Sunday strongly condemned the serial blasts on multiple locations in Sri Lanka while Prime Minister Narendra Modi held telephonic conversations with the president and the premier of the island nation offering all possible help and assistance to deal with the situation.In his conversation with the Sri Lankan leadership, Modi termed the serial blasts as a “cold-blooded and pre-planned barbaric acts” and pointed out that the attacks were another grave reminder of the most serious challenge posed to the entire humanity by terrorism in our region and the entire world. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said there can be no justification for any act of terror and called for concerted global action to effectively deal with the menace, including cross-border terrorism. Over 200 people were killed and around 500 others were injured in a series of blasts at several locations in Sri Lanka in which suicide bombers were involved in at least two of the eight attacks that struck three churches and luxury hotels frequented by foreigners on Easter Sunday. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Sri Lanka. We wish speedy recovery to those injured in the attacks,” the MEA statement said. The ministry said India has always opposed and rejected terrorism in all forms and manifestations and there can be no justification for any kind of terror. “We call for perpetrators of such ghastly and heinous act and those who provide them support to be brought to justice expeditiously,” the ministry said. “We strongly condemn the serial blasts on multiple locations in Sri Lanka today morning in which many people have been killed and injured. “We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Sri Lanka. We wish speedy recovery to those injured in the attacks,” the MEA statement said. In his telephonic conversation with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Modi conveyed his heartfelt condolences on his own behalf as well as on behalf of all Indians, over the loss of over 200 lives in the terrorist action, a government release said. It said Modi condemned in the strongest terms the serial terrorist attacks perpetrated at various places, including religious places and during a religious festival, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. The Prime Minister renewed the offer of all possible help and assistance to Sri Lanka for ensuring its security against the challenges such as those posed by terrorism, the release said. The Prime Minister also wished a speedy recovery for the injured and offered any kind of medical assistance for treatment of the injured. Sources said Modi spoke to the Sri Lankan leadership while he was himself travelling across the country for his political campaign. The sources saidw the PM spoke to the Lankan President even as the latter is currently in Singapore. Condemning the blasts, Modi earlier said there is no place for barbarism in the region and that India stands in solidarity with the people of the island nation. “Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region,” he tweeted. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also said India was keeping a close watch on the situation. “Colombo – I am in constant touch with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. We are keeping a close watch on the situation. @IndiainSL,” Swaraj tweeted. “India has always opposed and rejected terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and has urged concerted action by the international community against terrorism, including cross-border terrorism. There can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terror,” the MEA said in the statement.
Trial by fire. Those three words personify the Ohio State hockey team more than any other as it gets set to begin its 2015-16 campaign this week.The departure of 10 players — eight by graduation, one leaving the program and another signing a contract into the American Hockey League with Rockford — opened the door for 10 freshmen to kickstart their collegiate careers.Senior captain and defenseman Craig Dalrymple said he realizes that with only three seniors on this year’s team, it’s imperative that he and the other upperclassmen get the new guys up to speed as quickly as possible. “It’s just about getting to know them,” Dalrymple said. “You’ve got to bring all 10 of those guys into your team as fast as you can whether that’s creating relationships on the ice and off the ice. Hopefully they have the want to buy into this program as well.”Once they do buy in, they have to adapt to a whole new level of play.“This is a whole new animal,” Dalrymple said. “The college hockey game is a whole lot faster. There’s a lot less games (than in junior hockey), so the energy in the games are amped up twice as much. It’s going to take one, maybe two weekends to get them all into it. The sooner we can get everyone into it as a team, the better we’re going to do right off the hop, which will benefit us in the long run.”Senior captain and forward Anthony Greco has played in 89 games over the past three seasons. He’s been through enough ups and downs with the program to be able to lead the young team in the right direction.“It’s funny, because you’re sort of able to see the way you acted as a freshman, and now you’re an older guy and you have a grasp on the way you should be dealing with everything,” Greco said chuckling. “You don’t want to change the way they play the game. You want them to play their game but make sure that they’re team first.”So far, so good after the first weekend.OSU defeated Brock University 4-0 in an exhibition contest on Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. The game saw a goal and two assists chipped in by the freshman class.Freshman forward Freddy Gerard popped home the first of the four goals on the night for OSU at the 9:21 mark of the first period. Sophomore Matthew Weis and freshman Tommy Parran assisted on the goal.Mason Jobst contributed the other assist by a freshman on sophomore Luke Stork’s goal with 3:41 remaining in the second period. His classmate Christian Lampasso assisted on the goal as well after setting Stork up in the slot area with a feed from behind the net. It was a game thoroughly dominated by the Scarlet and Gray, as the Buckeyes outshot the visiting Badgers 43-15.Junior goaltenders Christian Frey and Matt Tomkins split time in the dual shutout effort. Frey started and made nine saves, while Tomkins had cleanup duty, stopping all six shots sent his way.Although the regular season hasn’t officially started yet, Gerard says that this year’s freshman class is already a tight-knit group.“There’s a lot of chemistry going on,” Gerard said. “We’re a really close freshman class. We’re all brothers already. We’ve been here for two months now and we’ve all been working hard as a team.”That chemistry will be needed in full force right off the bat for the Buckeyes.With arguably the toughest nonconference schedule in the nation, OSU is scheduled to take on No. 16 Bowling Green and No. 11 Miami (Ohio) in a home-and-home series to begin the year. The Buckeyes are then set to travel to play defending national champion and seventh-ranked Providence. Following a late November weekend series at No. 10 Nebraska-Omaha, the Buckeyes face off against No. 1 Boston College in the Florida College Classic in late December.For OSU coach Steve Rohlik, it doesn’t matter if his team is playing the No. 1 team every weekend. He expects his players to bring their “A” game every time they hit the ice.“My expectations are to go out and to be the hardest team to play against and give everything we’ve got every night,” Rohlik said. “I’m trying to instill that into these young guys and hopefully the culture with our older guys brings that. Where that leads us? I’m not sure.”What is sure is that the questions surrounding this team will soon be answered.Puck drop between OSU and Bowling Green is set for 7 p.m. on Friday at the Schottenstein Center. Members of the OSU Mens Ice Hockey team during the Buckeyes 4-0 shut out on Oct. 3 at Value City Arena. Credit: Kaley Rentz / Asst. Sports Director
OSU sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team has been a mystery wrapped in a riddle for much of the season.It has been nearly impossible to get any kind of gauge on what kind of team the Buckeyes are, to learn if the team that has shown itself thus far in 2015-16 is underperforming, lacking talent, lacking experience or some combination of the three.One thing has become abundantly clear, however: OSU is far from the worst team in the Big Ten. After beating Rutgers, which is still winless in conference games this season, by a combined 38 points in their two meetings, it is clear that the Buckeyes have placed themselves well above the basement of the conference.Their opponent on Saturday, however, might want to be on the lookout for flooding after heavy rainfall.The Buckeyes (16-10, 8-5) handled the Scarlet Knights (6-19, 0-12) on their home floor in Piscataway, New Jersey, on Saturday by a score of 79-69 in a game that was never really in question. That contest came a month to the day since OSU handled Rutgers in Columbus 94-68.A pair of sophomore forwards in Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate were major contributors in the game for the Buckeyes, with a double-double each. Bates-Diop scored 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting and had 14 rebounds, while Tate added 22 points and 13 rebounds. Redshirt sophomore guard Kam Williams was also big, scoring 19 points off the bench, including 12 in the second half.The Buckeyes did not get off to a tremendous start shooting the ball, but they really didn’t need to, as Rutgers started the game shooting a grotesque 3-of-20 — which included making its first shot of the game 22 seconds in.When all was said and done on the first 10 minutes of the game, the Buckeyes held a 20-6 lead, shooting 8-of-18. That effort was led by Bates-Diop, who scored a quick 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in quick succession.An extended 13-0 spurt by Rutgers made a dent in the lopsided score, cutting it to 22-19, but the Scarlet and Gray snapped their lengthy scoreless drought with a jump shot by Bates-Diop. That was followed up on the next possession with a layup by Tate to bring the lead back up to seven points.The visitors were then able to jump their lead back up as high as 14 points en route to a 35-26 halftime margin.Bates-Diop led all first-half scorers with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while the Scarlet Knights countered with freshman guard Corey Sanders’ 13. Williams contributed seven points while Tate had six, but junior forward Marc Loving continued his extended period of poor play with zero points, four missed shots, a turnover and a few defensive lapses throughout the opening 20 minutes.The opening minutes of the second half featured much more efficient scoring for the Buckeyes, who put nine points on the scoreboard in the first four minutes of the stanza. That enabled them to take control of the game, holding onto a comfortable lead throughout the half that never got smaller than seven points.Twice when the home team threatened to get the deficit back down to single digits, Williams knocked down a shot from outside to take the crowd out of it. The Scarlet Knights finally did get it back there with a 9-0 run midway through the half, but, once again, Williams dropped in a shot from the outside to move the momentum back toward the Scarlet and Gray.Eventually, the Buckeyes’ 61.5 percent shooting mark in the second half was too much for Rutgers to ever mount a real comeback, sealing OSU’s 17th victory of the year, with five contests left on the regular-season schedule.OSU freshman guard JaQuan Lyle, who had the strongest all-around performance of his young college career with a triple-double in the teams’ first matchup, was unable to replicate the dominant performance. He finished with four points, three rebounds and five assists, and played just eight minutes in the second half.Loving was also absent for much of the second half after struggling while on the court. He was on the court for just five of the final 20 minutes and failed to score a point. Sanders was the Scarlet Knights’ leading scorer with 23 points.One very unsatisfactory statistic for OSU coach Thad Matta was the turnover column, where his team coughed the ball up 19 times to Rutgers’ 11.A trip back home is next in the cards for the Buckeyes, as they are scheduled to take on Michigan on Tuesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Redshirt freshman Torrance Gibson (6) and freshman Austin Mack (11) work together during spring camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoFootball players switching positions in college is nothing new in the world of sports, and Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer has a history of players swapping spots on the field successfully.Most recently, former OSU wide receivers Braxton Miller and Jalin Marshall, both former quarterbacks, were signed to NFL teams in their new positions. Miller was drafted in the third round of the NFL draft, while Marshall was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent.Departed Darron Lee was a quarterback and defensive back in high school before becoming a linebacker under Meyer at OSU, and current Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden used to call the plays for Friendly High School in Fort Washington, Maryland, before becoming a cornerback under Meyer at Florida.Another former quarterback, redshirt freshman Torrance Gibson, made the switch from signal caller to pass catcher in Columbus. Last season, he redshirted following an ankle injury and some problems in the classroom. Gibson was not always open to the idea of changing positions.“My first reaction was no,” Gibson said. “But when I really thought about it, I was being selfish. That’s when I made the switch.”This year, Gibson is expected to make his debut in scarlet and gray as a wideout during the regular season after spending a year healing his injury and learning the position. Admittedly, Gibson said he would line up during practice last year and wonder what route he was supposed to run, or what his blocking assignment was. The time he spent away from the field during 2015, he said, has helped immensely. While he will be on the field to contribute as a wideout, Gibson has missed some time during camp due to a hamstring injury. “Torrance missed about 10 practices,” Meyer said. “He just went for the first time in a week so it’s been a tough go for him.”After an impressive spring game, where he notched two touchdown receptions, the redshirt freshman said he could still tweak some aspects of his game. “I think I could have done a little more of attacking the ball,” Gibson said. “Coach Meyer gets on me everyday about attacking the ball. I wait on it too much. That’s my biggest weakness right now.”Gibson hopes to join good company of athletic playmakers to make the switch from quarterback under the Meyer regime.Gibson and the rest of the Scarlet and Gray begin the season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.
Not to be outdone by their football counterparts, the Ohio State men’s soccer team defeated conference foe Wisconsin on the road Sunday afternoon on the legs of the Hegngi brothers, albeit in less thrilling fashion. The Buckeyes knocked off the Badgers 2-0 to improve their conference record to 4-1 and take the driver’s seat in the Big Ten title race. Head coach John Bluem praised his defense after the game saying he knew it would be a tough task winning on the road. “We just had a really good game,” Bluem said. “The guys were really determined; they played well and followed the plan very well.” Ohio State got on the board early when senior forward Parnell Hegngi was fouled in the box by Wisconsin freshman defender A.J. Cochran, giving OSU a penalty kick. Parnell Hegngi’s brother Chris Hegngi took the penalty kick and got it past sophomore goalkeeper Max Jentsch to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute of the contest. It was Chris Hegngi’s third goal on three penalty kick attempts this season. Chris Hegngi’s goal was his ninth on the season, which leads the Big Ten. In the second half, Parnell Hegngi took a free kick from just outside the box and curled it around the Wisconsin defensive wall and into the upper right corner of the goal to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead. It was Parnell Hegngi’s third goal of the season and first since the Buckeyes’ Sept. 4 win over Stetson. “Parnell Hegngi was a big part of the reason we won today,” Bluem said. “He was the guy who drew the penalty kick and in the second half Parnell scores a goal off of a free kick. He had a very good game.” The Buckeyes were out-shot 20-13 in the contest but junior goalkeeper Matt Lampson tallied seven saves and notched his fifth shutout of the season. He is now in second place all-time with 24 career saves, three saves away from tying Casey Latchem’s career record for OSU. With Northwestern playing No. 10 Indiana to a 2-2 tie Sunday, the Buckeyes (10-5-2) take sole control over the Big Ten lead. They will play Indiana (10-3-4) for the regular season conference title Saturday. “If we win against Indiana, that would make us the conference champions, no matter what other scenario,” Bluem said. “We control our own destiny.” The game will kick off from Bloomington, Ind., at 1 p.m.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp doesn’t see any new players coming in during the January transfer marketDespite losing defenders Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to injuries, Klopp is remaining calm over at Anfield and will not make any hasty decisions after spending €182.20m in the summer.Another option for Klopp is to recall Harry Wilson from his season-long loan deal with Derby County in the English Championship.The Welsh winger has impressed over at Derby with eight goals in 19 appearances.But it appears Klopp will not be recalling him or exploring the possibility of making a signing in the winter unless Liverpool injury problems get worse.“I really think Harry left in the right moment,” said Klopp on the club website.“Since I was in everybody told me Harry Wilson needed to go on loan. He scored a lot of goals for the U23s already.“He went last year to Hull, he was already good. He came back, pre-season was pre-season, and he went to Derby and now he is with Frank [Lampard].Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“It’s really nice the job Frank is doing there, it is outstanding. England has a lot of good young managers, that’s cool.“Our situation is like this; if you would have asked me two weeks before if we’ll do anything in the transfer market, I would have said, ‘Probably not.’“Now we have two centre-halves left. Will we do something? It’s not really likely because they [Gomez and Matip] are not out for a long time. But we have to judge it anew.“And that’s exactly the same with Harry. If something happens in an offensive wing position, why should I say today, ‘100 per cent we will not do it’?“That’s the only thing Derby had to accept in the moment they signed the contract. They have to wait until the last second and we can decide.“But we don’t want to take him away. Only if we really need him would we trigger that option. Otherwise, he’s there in a fantastic team.“I like watching them. How they played against United [in the Carabao Cup] was a role model game and it was not because United were weak – it was because Derby were outstanding. So, all good.”
Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is well aware of Gonzalo Higuain’s scoring prowess, but expressed fears over his fitness levelsAfter weeks of uncertainty, Higuain sealed a loan move to Chelsea from Juventus on Wednesday evening for the remainder of this season with the option of it becoming a permanent one this summer for £31m.Although Juventus have also confirmed that Chelsea can take up another loan option to extend Higuain’s deal until June 2020 for an additional £15.7m.The Argentine forward is a proven scorer with an impressive tally of 117 goals in 192 Serie A games for Napoli, Juventus and AC Milan.Higuain, arguably, had his greatest campaign under Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri at Napoli during the 2015/16 season, where he scored a record 36 goals in 35 Serie A games.And the Italian will be hoping that Higuain can achieve similar feats at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea having notably struggled up front this season.But Hasselbaink reckons that the 31-year-old has a lot to prove in the Premier League, despite his past exploits.“We know that he knows where the back of the net is,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports.“The only little worry that I have is he’s 31, how fit is he? How fit is he to cope in the Premier League?Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We know that the Premier League is the hardest league in the world, physically you have to be right.“If he is physically right, he will score goals. If he’s not, he will have a little bit of a problem.”Hasselbaink scored 81 goals in 169 appearances for Chelsea between 2000 to 2004 and won the FA Charity Shield at Stamford Bridge.The 46-year-old also played for Atletico Madrid, where he found the net 33 times in 43 games, before retiring in 2008 at Cardiff City and taking up coaching.Meanwhile, the out-of-favour Alvaro Morata is now expected to complete a loan move to Atletico Madrid after Higuain’s arrival on Wednesday.⚽️ 264 goals🏆 12 major trophiesThis is @G_Higuain. 👊#HiguaIN pic.twitter.com/ua6seHYi8T— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 24, 2019